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I raise RoadIsland Reds and have been looking at some of the small Bantam breeds.  I like the size and colors.  Do you think I can raise these small birds along with the bigger Reds are would I have to separate them?  I have a pretty big cage about 15' by 15' closed in with a run..

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I have never had a issue with raising my birds together and I have from Cochins to OEGB's all living together. They eventually find their place.

A proud member of 4h and a strong bearer of the Pacific Northwest and its Cold, not to mention a chicken mommy of 3 Cochins, 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 2 Bantam EE, 1 RIR/EE Mix, 1 Mille Fleur Booted Bantam, and 2 bantam OEGB's, a Black Bearded Silkie and a double laced silver Plymouth Bantam!
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A proud member of 4h and a strong bearer of the Pacific Northwest and its Cold, not to mention a chicken mommy of 3 Cochins, 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 2 Bantam EE, 1 RIR/EE Mix, 1 Mille Fleur Booted Bantam, and 2 bantam OEGB's, a Black Bearded Silkie and a double laced silver Plymouth Bantam!
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I agree with CascadiaRiver. There WILL be pecking at first, but eventually everything will be all said and done. Everyone will be in their place.
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I would personally separate the bantams from the Rhode Island Reds. Unlike Cochins which are typically a very calm and gentle breed, RIRs can be aggressive at times and your bantams are likely to take a beating from them. For this reason we had to separate our Silkies (which are bantams) from the main flock and keep them in their own separate enclosure.

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I would personally separate the bantams from the Rhode Island Reds. Unlike Cochins which are typically a very calm and gentle breed, RIRs can be aggressive at times and your bantams are likely to take a beating from them. For this reason we had to separate our Silkies (which are bantams) from the main flock and keep them in their own separate enclosure.
Really? Our silkie gsts along fine with out welsummer and other big fluffy butts, how odd!
A proud member of 4h and a strong bearer of the Pacific Northwest and its Cold, not to mention a chicken mommy of 3 Cochins, 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 2 Bantam EE, 1 RIR/EE Mix, 1 Mille Fleur Booted Bantam, and 2 bantam OEGB's, a Black Bearded Silkie and a double laced silver Plymouth Bantam!
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A proud member of 4h and a strong bearer of the Pacific Northwest and its Cold, not to mention a chicken mommy of 3 Cochins, 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 2 Bantam EE, 1 RIR/EE Mix, 1 Mille Fleur Booted Bantam, and 2 bantam OEGB's, a Black Bearded Silkie and a double laced silver Plymouth Bantam!
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Originally Posted by CascadiaRiver View Post


Really? Our silkie gsts along fine with out welsummer and other big fluffy butts, how odd!


I was mainly concerned about the Rhode Island Reds in my post as they can be quite aggressive at times and really make life rough on bantam breeds. Of course there are always exceptions with any breed. Based on my own experience though I wouldn't recommend putting the Silkies in with the RIRs.

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I agree with Michael Oshay.  I've kept RIR's in the past and they really can be quite aggressive. My bantams have always gotten along with my other standard size birds but the RIR's were a problem.  In fact I do not keep them anymore for that reason.  I now have a mixed flock of standards, including ee's, Columbian wyandottes, and various bantams that all get along quite well.

wife to long suffering husband who has built more miles of fence, barns, coops and enclosures then one man should have to, two teenage boys, current flock of 13 assorted hens, 1 big red roo and a list of other assorted farm animals. 
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